Dynamic Youth Award Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I offer Dynamic Youth Awards?
Are there links between the Awards and Curriculum for Excellence?
Is there a programme we have to follow?
Why should we recognise achievement?
Are there guidelines to follow?
Do Dynamic Youth Awards recognise different levels of responsibility?
How much time does a young person spend on their Award?
What's the difference between Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards?
Why is peer assessment part of the Awards?
How do the Awards support differentiation?
How will these Awards help my school work with the community?
How valuable are these Awards to employers and higher education?
Do you offer training?
How are the Awards moderated?
How do I register to use Dynamic Youth Awards?
What are the costs involved?
Dynamic Youth Awards encourage young people to take on responsibility and create a personalised learning programme based on their own interests. The Awards help learning providers to accredit achievements within and out with their establishment, in a manner expected by Curriculum for Excellence. Learners working on an Award use skills - such as leadership, creativity and research - that help build confidence and create a well-rounded individual.
Dynamic Youth Awards are used by youth groups, schools, colleges, national voluntary organisations and charities.
The Awards and Curriculum for Excellence have much in common. Dynamic Youth Awards recognise the achievements of young people regardless of the setting; they allow young people to explore their own interests as they create a personalised learning programme; they can be comfortably used to accredit multidisciplinary learning; they let young people develop their creativity as they design and evidence their award themselves; they recognise the achievements of the individual, and recognise that each individual learns, develops and achieves at a different rate; and they allow young people to take on leadership roles as they peer educate others.
Dynamic Youth Awards are open frameworks for accreditation, meaning there is no programme to follow. It is up to the young person and the school to design a learning programme suitable for each individual. The learning programme can be designed around existing or planned projects and activities, such as peer education projects, Eco-Schools, extracurricular activities, fundraising and sports.
Almost any learning experience can be accredited, as long as (1) a Plan-Do-Review process can be applied; and (2) evidence is provided to demonstrate the young person worked towards their targets.
The Scottish Government believes that achievement should be recognised because:
- more effective recognition of achievements can increase self-esteem, improve motivation and keep young people engaged in learning
- to encourage young people to reflect on their learning - where they are and where they want to go - and help them to articulate their skills gained in interviews with potential employers, colleges or higher education
- to help deliver aims, values, purposes and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence - where planning opportunities for personal achievement is an integral part of the curriculum
Yes. You can download guidelines for Dynamic Youth Awards from this page
There are four levels of responsibility a young person can choose when working on their Dynamic Youth Award.
The minimum time commitment for Dynamic Youth Awards is 5 hours. There is no maximum time commitment, and nor is there a limit on the number of Dynamic Youth Awards a young person can complete. When a young person receives a Dynamic Youth Award we keep a running total of total Dynamic Youth hours and record this on their certificate.
Dynamic Youth Awards have three levels of commitment:
- One Star: 5 to 15 hours
- Two Stars: up to 30 hours
- Three Stars: over 30 hours
Dynamic Youth Awards are for those aged 10-14 (although we can be flexible with ages). A participant has to spend a minimum of 5 hours on a Dynamic Youth Award. There is no upper limit of hours. We recognise the level of responsibility each young person takes on in their Award.
Youth Achievement Awards are for those aged 14+. Youth Achievement Awards come at four different levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level takes on a different level of responsibility and an increasing number of hours. These Awards are SCQF credit rated and levelled.
Peer assessment is widely recognised as a rich form of quality assurance as peers are well-placed to provide relevant and direct information. Furthermore, by being part of a peer group responsible for one-another's work, peers develop social and emotional competences as well as gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence. Our Awards are individualised, so who is better to determine whether or not targets are being met than that young person's peers?
In order to receive an Award, a young person completes the minimum number of hours while working towards their targets, collecting evidence to demonstrate they have done so. These are individualised Awards that start with where the learner is at and measure the distance travelled. The Awards are more interested in the learning journey the young person undertakes than the destination they arrive at.
Curriculum for Excellence stipulates that young people's achievements should be recognised, "in any setting where children and young people are learners" (Building the Curriculum 3). Because Dynamic Youth Awards are personalised to each learner, it is entirely possible that a young person could complete part of their Award in school, and part of their Award outside of school.
Many young people have their achievements recognised in this manner already. Some schools invite external agencies to deliver sessions or offer training to learners who are working towards a Youth Achievement Award or Dynamic Youth Award.
Higher education establishments and employers are looking for young people to demonstrate how they will take the initiative for their studies, or for their job. Dynamic Youth Awards encourage young people to take on responsibility and work from their own initiative. Dynamic Youth Awards recognise the responsibility level a young person puts into their challenge, possibly in a variety of settings.
When a young person receives their Award they get to keep their evidence, which can then be shown off at interviews.
There is no training requirement for Dynamic Youth Awards. The Challenge Sheets come with instructions and we also provide guidelines online here
There is a training requirement for those who wish to offer Youth Achievement Awards. Read more about Youth Achievement Awards here
Dynamic Youth Awards are first moderated within your organisation. They should be internally moderated by someone removed from the delivery of the project. Once you are happy the portfolios meet the required standard, you have to download, complete and email to us our Quality Assurance Tool. We will then ask you to send a sample of portfolios for External Moderation here at Youth Scotland.
You simply complete a registration form, which can be found here
A fee is charged for registration. The charge depends on the type of registration your youth group/learning provider wishes to have.
View the registration page for more details. The cost of Dynamic Youth Awards Challenge Sheets is £5 per person.
Have we missed something? If there's a question you think we should add to this list, please email the Awards team and let us know. You can send suggestions to email@example.com